Getting to grips with “NewLaw”
Recently Jordan Furlong, a Canadian based lawyer, published an interesting article entitled ‘An incomplete inventory of NewLaw’ discussing the new breed of law firm models, new legal talent combinations, legal service managers, and technology used to change how lawyers work and deliver legal services.
Jordan describes “NewLaw” as: any model, process or tool that represents a significantly different approach to the creation or provision of legal services than what the legal profession traditionally has employed.
Jordan set out to catalogue “NewLaw” and split them into two broad categories and six sub-groups:
1. Aligning human talent with legal tasks
- New-model law firms
- Project/Flex/Dispersed legal talent providers
- Managed legal support services
2. Applying technology to the performance of legal tasks
- Tools to help lawyers do legal work differently
- Tools to help clients resolve disputes directly
- Tools to help clients conduct their own legal matters
Halebury was delighted to be listed in the ‘Project/Flex/Dispersed Legal talent providers’ sub-group.
Jordan noted that the categorisation is an ever-evolving list – hence the title, which we think is an exciting endorsement of this dynamic area of legal service provision.
The full article by Jordan Furlong can be viewed at: www.law21.ca/2014/05/incomplete-inventory-newlaw